Usher Defends Justin Bieber: ‘He is Unequivocally Not a Racist’

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Usher posted a statement (with a throwback photo showing his arm wrapped around Justin) to Instagram on Saturday, throwing his support behind Justin Bieber as footage of him telling racist jokes continues to leak.

At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgment, that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort. As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn’t always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist.

What he was 5 years ago was a naïve child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes.

Usher’s Instagram comes after a Nylon Guys Magazine interview in which he stood by JB’s other indiscretions.

He told the magazine:

Do I turn my head in shame based off of what I see, what I know? Nah, I don’t because it’s all part of life’s proces. Am I in it with him? Yeah.


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